The Daily Quote Challenge

Hi, folks! Just a quick note before we begin. April is going to be a weird month for blog scheduling. I’ve decided to make my genetics/biotech Q&A into two posts on the 15th and 22nd, since I have several questions accumulated in different categories. And I had a plan for today, but since I’m staring down at a pile of lab reports, exams, and research for next week, I decided to scrap my normal science post and go with a quick short thing. There will sadly be no book review this month (I was going to review The Double Helix by James Watson, but I don’t have much time to try to remember what I thought of it . . . write reviews ahead of time, people).

So, onward! Today I’m going to do a tag that Victoria Grace Howell tagged me for a couple months ago, and I just never got around to it. I do want to thank her for tagging me, though. This looks like it should be fun. 🙂

The Rules:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you.
  2. Nominate 3 new bloggers every day.
  3. Post a new quote every day for three consecutive days. (Like Victoria, I’m just going to change this to posting three quotes all at once and tag a couple bloggers.)

My outlining-stage WIP tentatively titled This Hidden Darkness particularly lends itself to finding quotes for writing inspiration, so the three quotes shared here are all related to this book. So here they are!

Faith is the antidote for fear. —Russell M. Nelson #LDS:

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The Nominees:

  1. Olivia @ Story Matters
  2. Maggie @ Maggie’s Musings

And that’s it for me today!

Have you ever done this tag? What is a quote that fits your WIP? Do any of these work for your WIP as well as mine? Tell me in the comments!


Extra Post: The Bookshelf Tour Tag

Hi, folks! I know I’ve already wrapped up September, but Victoria Howell tagged me for this tag (many thanks, Victoria!), and it looked too fun to not do. So, let’s tour my bookshelf!

1. A short but powerful book: Good question. I think the closest thing to “short and powerful” on my bookshelf is 1984 by George Orwell. But it’s not exactly short. 😛 As far as things I’ve read, A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin was pretty short, and absolutely amazing. (Check out my review here!)

2. A good, long book: The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien. (That may not be the last Tolkien book mentioned in this tag. . . .)

3. Favorite classic (on your shelf): Let’s hear it for The Lord of the Rings! If that doesn’t count because it’s too much of a pop-culture phenomenon, Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott is also good.

4. A relatively obscure book: Dreamlander by K.M. Weiland. This is an amazing book, I’m pretty sure it’s self-published, and it needs to be better known. (Seriously, go look it up right now. Or read my review first, whatever.)

5. An underrated book: See #4. The Enchanted Forest Chronicles by Patricia C. Wrede could also fall into this category, but I’m pretty sure they have more of a following than Dreamlander does.

6. An overrated book: Hmm. I guess Edge of Oblivion by Joshua A. Johnston, although it’s not very overrated. As I said in my review, I just couldn’t like the characters very much. I’m not sure if a second read will prove me wrong, but for now, it’ll just sit on my shelf.

7. Most reread book: The Lord of the Rings, easy. Also probably the Dragons in our Midst series by Bryan Davis. Both (well, all five) are excellent.

8. A book you haven’t read: There are so many, actually. . . . A few are Othello by William Shakespeare, a translation of Beowulf, and Patriot Games by Tom Clancy.

9. A short story collection: Two: the Great Short Works of Herman Melville and The Rest of the Robots by Isaac Asimov. Both of which could also be answers for #8.

10. A non-fiction book: Hahaha, there are so many of these. I’ll restrict my answers to three: Plant Growth and Development: A Molecular Approach, Power Unseen: How Microbes Rule the World (curiously enough, another answer to #8), and the Outlining Your Novel Workbook by K.M. Weiland. (That last one isn’t actually on the shelf at the moment, since I’ve been using it to work on Circle of Fire. But hey.)

11. A book (physical copy, not the story itself) that has an interesting story behind it: Edge of Oblivion, actually. It’s the only book I’ve ever won in a giveaway. Besides that, Jill Williamson‘s Blood of Kings trilogy is a result of the only time I’ve ever spent $40 worth of gift cards on only three books. (I think the only time I’ve ever spent $40 worth of gift cards, period. But they’re awesome books, so they were worth it.)

Now I’m going to tag some people. There are no rules with this one, so how about three other bloggers?

  1. Olivia @ Story Matters
  2. Maggie @ Maggie’s Musings
  3. Natasha @ Starlit Wanderings

And that’s it for me for today!

Whew! I think I had too many answers to the questions. . . . Well, have you read any of the books I mentioned? Curious about any of them? What would be your answers to some of these questions? (Feel free to take the tag if you want, just link back politely. :)) (Oh, and go check out those blogs I listed as my nominees! And Victoria’s blog, too, if I didn’t say that already.) Anyway . . . tell me in the comments!


Extra Post: One Lovely Blog Award

Hello, all! I am deviating from my planned schedule because I have been tagged for the “One Lovely Blog Award.” I have never done one of these before, so let’s give it a shot and see how it goes.

The rules are as follows:

  1. Each nominee must THANK the person who nominated them and link to their blog in the post. (Thank you so much to Natalie @ Books and Quills for the nomination!)
  2. They must include the rules and add the blog award badge as an image. (Check!)
  3. Must add 7 facts about them. (See below.)
  4. Then nominate 15 people! (Eheh. I may come up short on this one, but I’ll give it my best shot.)

So on to my seven facts!

  1. I love DNA. I think nucleotide base pairing is just the coolest thing (along with stories, yes. . .). I know I’m a nerd, but there it is.
  2. I have a cat! (Well, my family’s cat. And if you go by his favorite person, he’s my brother’s.)
His name is Milo. I love him so much, even though he’s unfriendly sometimes. He’s just so cute.

3. I love chocolate, especially dark chocolate. Well, who doesn’t?

4. I have a lot of hobbies. Writing (if it counts as a hobby as well as a career aspiration), reading, gardening, pottery, aquarium fish, sewing, crochet and knitting, and on and on.

5. Fish! I love tropical freshwater aquarium fish. I think they’re so cool. I have a betta, some tetras and platies, a cichlid, and a plecostomus.

Plecostomus are my favorites. They eat algae and they’re awesome, though this isn’t the kind I have. (Image not mine)

6. My favorite authors: J.R.R. Tolkien (far and away in a category by himself), Jill Williamson, and Bryan Davis. You should check out all of their books if you like fantasy and speculative fiction (Christian for the latter two). On that topic, I am currently reading Tolkien’s The Children of Hurin to review for you in April!

7. I dislike snow. I live in New Hampshire, and it can get very tiresome to have to shovel and drive in the stuff. Fortunately, this winter was much better than last year’s.

On to nominations! Let’s see how many I can come up with:

Olivia @ Story Matters

Sara @ Sara Letorneau’s Official Website and Blog

David @ David B. Hunter

Ha. Three. I knew I wouldn’t be able to come up with fifteen. Well, that’s all right.

Well, that’s it for today! I hope you enjoyed getting to know me a bit better. And I guess you can expect occasional extra posts on Wednesdays. Thanks for reading!